Cli­mate car­ni­val

Dalby Herald - - NEWS OPINION -

COP 24 just con­cluded in Poland. Nearly 23,000 cli­mate saviours at­tended this 24th an­nual cli­mate car­ni­val.

Ev­ery year, planeloads of con­cerned busy­bod­ies fly to some in­ter­est­ing new lo­ca­tion to spend tax dol­lars on a well-fed 12-day hol­i­day. They con­coct plans to ra­tion and tax the en­ergy used by real work­ers, farm­ers and fam­i­lies back home.

Few del­e­gates ar­rived by bi­cy­cle or so­lar-pow­ered plane – a fleet of at least 100 com­mer­cial, pri­vate and char­ter air­craft brought them at a cost es­ti­mated at US$57 mil­lion.

When the costs of ho­tels, ground trans­port, food, en­ter­tain­ment, air con­di­tion­ing and of­fice ser­vices are added, the bill is likely to top $500 mil­lion.

Aus­tralian tax­pay­ers sup­ported 46 jun­ke­teers. Now these Chicken Lit­tles are back home spread­ing cli­mate scare sto­ries and lec­tur­ing lo­cals to not over­spend on Christ­mas presents.

There is a bright side – all that car­bon diox­ide emit­ted by planes, cars, buses, heaters, stoves, beer, cham­pagne and Poland’s coal-fired power sta­tions will help global plant growth. — Viv Forbes, Wash­pool

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